Town Hall repurposing works underway

Published: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at 9:07:48 AM

The repurposing of the Albany Town Hall will begin next week, starting the process to ensure the longevity and continued sustainable use of the historical building and conserving its heritage significance.

The landmark will be restored to its former glory, with modern technology and servicing bringing the building into the future with capacity to host a wider variety of visual and performance arts, collections, exhibitions and community uses.

Conservation works, structural repairs and much needed upgrades to the roofing, lighting, storage, vertical transport, timber flooring, window features and main entry will enhance the function, flexibility and heritage values of the building.

City of Albany Executive Director Infrastructure and Environment Paul Camins says the project will give the Town Hall the potential to become a world-class regional cultural and artistic hub in Albany’s city centre.

“The last time our Albany Town Hall was renovated was back in 1983 and this project will return the building back to its former glory of 1888, strengthening the heritage of the a building that is iconic to Albany’s culture and history,” he said.

Smith Constructions have been appointed as the builder and will commence site establishment measures on Wednesday October 2. In the interests of public safety, access to the Town Hall public toilets will no longer be available from Monday, October 7 for the duration of the project.

Public Toilets will be available at the Albany Public Library during opening hours or at the Women’s Rest Centre located at the bottom of York Street.

The City will also be placing a temporary ambulant toilet at the rear of the Town Square with additional toilet facilities to be made available following the Albany Agricultural Show. These will remain in place until works are complete, with signage in place to notify residents and visitors of the change in public toilet location.

The City of Albany thanks key partner Lotterywest for making the Town Hall repurposing project possible with a $1 million grant, and the Great Southern Development Commission who have supported the project through the Regional Economic Development Scheme.

The Albany Town Hall Repurposing Project Community Update will be available on the City of Albany website from Tuesday the 1st of October.

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